Archives for March 2012

‘Back door’ leads to vocation in liturgical design, priesthood

[Episcopal News Service] This is one of a series of articles ENS is publishing during Women’s History Month. As a liturgical designer and builder of churches, the Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees knows the ins and outs of entrances and exits, apses and naves. But in her vocation, it’s the back door she’s found particularly […]

Presiding bishop’s Easter message: ‘Give thanks for Easter’

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Give thanks for Easter,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Easter 2012 message. “Give thanks for resurrection. Give thanks for the presence of God incarnate in our midst.” The presiding bishop’s message on video is here. She also noted, “In this Easter season I would […]

Young adults immersed in faith, advocacy, leadership training

[Episcopal News Service] Two years ago, Andrea Bardelmeier attended the meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with a group of other Episcopal young adults. “That was kind of a life-changing experience,” she says. Now a leader in ecumenical and multi-faith ministries at Xavier University in Cincinnati, she is spending this […]

Presiding bishop on Middle East peacemaking: Engage, don’t divest

[The Episcopal News – Diocese of Los Angeles] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori urged Episcopalians to “invest in legitimate development in Palestine’s West Bank and in Gaza” rather than focusing on divestment or boycotts of Israel, during a March 25 “Middle East Peacemakers” luncheon in Los Angeles. “The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or […]

The Bible Challenge: A ‘marathon’ of a read

Effort to read Scripture in a year goes global

[Episcopal News Service] Thomas Butler’s days are busy and full; the Flourtown, Pennsylvania, lawyer is in and out of courtrooms, representing clients in commercial litigation lawsuits. But not before he’s met the Bible Challenge; to read the entire Bible in a year. “It’s a grounding for me each day,” said Butler, 65, a parishioner at […]

Beyond independence, Sudan’s Christians still face persecution

[Episcopal News Service] Actor George Clooney’s March 16 arrest, along with nine other activists, outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., sparked headlines around the world, drawing international attention to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the troubled border region between Sudan and South Sudan. Protesters who had gathered to take part in the National Day […]

House of Bishops continues theme of ‘Church for the 21st Century’

'Prayer-filled sessions' focus on General Convention, same-sex blessings

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops spent much of its five-day meeting at Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center in Navasota, Texas, focusing on its ongoing theme of  ‘Church for the 21st Century and the Gift of Episcope’ and discussing issues related to the upcoming General Convention and same-gender blessings. During its […]

Betsy Dyer cracked stained-glass ceiling as 1946 GC deputy

St. Louis mother became first woman lay deputy -- and last until 1970

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles ENS is publishing during Women’s History Month. [Episcopal News Service] She was a reluctant revolutionary. Reticent and shy, Elizabeth Huntington Dyer of Saint Peter’s Church in St. Louis, Missouri, had to be persuaded to become the first woman lay deputy to General Convention in 1946. […]

Some dioceses want changes in denominational health plan

Resolutions address costs, predicted impacts

[Episcopal News Service] Concerned about the financial realities of implementing a denomination-wide health insurance plan, at least four Episcopal Church dioceses are formally asking the 77th meeting of General Convention this July to change the terms of the program that is to be implemented less than six months after convention adjourns. The Diocese of Central […]

Archbishop of Canterbury to step down at year’s end

Rowan Williams to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

[Anglican Communion and Episcopal news services] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on March 16 revealed that he is to step down from his role at the end of the year. His decision comes after 10 years in the post and after accepting the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. The college said that Williams “has […]